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Access to Science

A child looking at a prehistoric reptile.

2022 Dates (9–11 a.m. each day)

  • September 24

Visitors on the autism spectrum and their families are invited to experience the museum before the crowds. You can visit with the dinosaurs, explore our signature and special exhibits and wander through the dioramas at your own pace.

Preregistration is required to ensure a calm, positive experience for all guests. While same-day registration is available onsite, we strongly recommend reserving your ticket in advance due to the popularity of this program.

If you would like to attend, please contact our Visitor Services Department at 215-299-1060 or Please provide the following information: contact name, email, phone, total number of attendees and the number and ages of any children.

Under current city guidelines, masking is optional.

For information on what to expect while visiting the Academy, please visit us here.

Support Group for Siblings

As part of the Academy of Natural Sciences' Access to Science event, FamilyMatters will facilitate a free support group for typical siblings of children with special needs!

This group offers opportunities for siblings (ages 8 to 12) to gain support and meet new friends in a safe and fun environment. Through group activities, children will be able to understand more about disabilities and learn how they can have a more meaningful relationship with their siblings. Confirmation messages will include a link for registrants to complete a release form for the attending child.

In order to encourage attendees to share their honest opinions, the workshop will take place during the first hour (9 to 10 a.m.) of the Access to Science event, while their families begin touring the museum. The second hour of the event provides an opportunity for siblings to use what they've learned while exploring the museum with their siblings.

Click here to register for Support Group for Siblings.

Note: At this time, masks are optional.

Access to Science is supported by a grant from the Wawa Foundation.


There is metered parking near the Academy, some of which free on Sunday (look for the signs that say “Except Sunday”). The following lots and garages offer discounts to our visitors. Please read carefully, as some lots have special requirements to obtain their discounts.

Logan Square Garage

Academy visitors receive a discount at the Logan Square Garage located at 1815 Cherry Street. For a touchless parking experience, visitors can download the iParkit App and use program code ACADNMP001 to receive the discounted rate. Visitors using the iParkit App will receive an additional 10% off their first five uses (no promo code necessary). Visitors may also use the map below to purchase parking in advance for touchless entry.

The prices reflected in the map below are the discounted rates. Click the magnifying glass and select the date and time of your visit.

For more information about off-street parking, visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority's website.